Racing tip of the day

  • Last Updated: May 18 2014, 15:40 BST

David O’Meara enjoyed a very good Dante Meeting, a couple of lightly-raced handicap debutants obliging in some style. Let’s hope the theme continues at Ripon this afternoon.

David O'Meara: Can cap a fine week at Ripon this afternoon
David O'Meara: Can cap a fine week at Ripon this afternoon

The early indications are Lord Of The Nile doesn’t carry the same level of market confidence into the Middleham Trainers Association Handicap at Ripon as G Force did at the Knavesmire, but he’s a fascinating contender at around 4/1.

A well-bred son of Galileo, he was with Dermot Weld last season and opened his account at the second time of asking for his new trainer when a long odds-on shot at Catterick.

He looked to be crying out for a step up in trip there (something his breeding screams) and gets that here on his first start in a handicap.

An opening mark of 79 definitely factors in some improvement on his form so far – but there could be any amount. And crucially he showed the unique undulations of Ripon were no problem on his reappearance when a good second in a decent maiden.

The money for Richard Fahey’s New Street is interesting as he too looks this step up in trip will bring about improvement based on his Yarmouth return – but Lord Of The Nile looks just the sort of project that O’Meara has made his name with. He’ll do for me.